Ali Akbar Khan

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Born: 1922/04/14
Birth Place: Comilla, East Bengal, British India
Died: 2009/06/18
Genres: Indian Classical Music

Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922 - 18 June 2009), often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which is now located in San Rafael, California and has a branch in Basel, Switzerland. Khan also composed several classical ''ragas'' and filmscores. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University o... Continue Bio >>

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